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Webinar: Expanding Sustainability Education Across the Curriculum: Strategies for Winning Faculty Buy-In

January 22, 2025 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Colleges and universities that advance the integration of sustainability and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the curriculum often struggle to expand their reach after engaging the faculty members who emerge as early adopters. College instructors have many competing demands for their time, and many do not immediately see the relevance or value of incorporating Education for Sustainability into their already challenging teaching responsibilities. In this webinar, the facilitators will draw on their experience “scaling up” faculty engagement in sustainability and SDG teaching to suggest several strategies that can help sustainability education professionals expand the network of faculty engaged with sustainability/SDG course integration at their institutions. The webinar will include specific examples ranging from big-picture initiatives to raise the profile of sustainability education on campus to targeted strategies that can help sustainability education leaders fill gaps in the reach of their initiatives. Participants will have opportunities to discuss challenges and strategies associated with expanding sustainability-across-the-curriculum with each other as well as with the facilitators.

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Rebecca Watts Hull, Assistant Director, Faculty Development for Sustainability Education Initiatives, Georgia Institute of Technology

Rebecca Watts Hull is assistant director, faculty development for sustainability education initiatives in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Georgia Tech, with an adjunct appointment in the School of History and Sociology. Rebecca works with faculty to incorporate Education for Sustainability into their course design and teaching practices. She partners with other units to lead strategic initiatives related to sustainability education, including Sustainability Next’s Sustainability Education plan. Rebecca also works with other colleges and universities to advance faculty development and peer-to-peer learning that expands and enriches the integration of sustainability across the curriculum across the state of Georgia and beyond. Earlier in her career, Rebecca held sustainability and educational leadership roles in the public, private and nonprofit sectors with responsibilities that included science and environmental curriculum design and community-based environmental education and advocacy. Rebecca earned an M.S. and Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in History and Sociology of Technology and Science, focusing her research on social movements and organizational change, and she also holds an M.S. in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan. She has taught Sustainability Leadership at Emory University, Environment and Sustainability Studies at Agnes Scott College, and American Environmental History, Social Movements, Community Organizing, and Organizing for Social Change at Georgia Tech.

Jennifer Leavey, Assistant Dean for Faculty Mentoring, Georgia Tech College of Sciences; Principal Academic Professional, Georgia Tech School of Biological Sciences; Director, Georgia Tech Urban Honey Bee Project, Georgia Institute of Technology

Jennifer Kraft Leavey is Assistant Dean for Faculty Mentoring for the College of Sciences and Principal Academic Professional in the School of Biological Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She also coordinates the College’s educational programs related to science and sustainability including the Georgia Tech Urban Honey Bee Project and the Living Building Science Vertically Integrated Project Team, and serves as co-chair of Sustainability Next. She collaborates with faculty across diverse disciplines to expand teaching that incorporates sustainability and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She holds a Ph.D. in Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis from Emory University and a B.S. in Chemistry from Georgia Tech.

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